WVU obesity and physical activity authority to serve on President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
Eloise Elliott, Ware Distinguished Professor, will share her expertise on ways to promote regular physical activity, fitness, sports participation and good nutrition. She is one of only 13 leading researchers chosen to serve on the Council’s Science Board.
“I am honored to be asked to serve on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition’s Science Board for the next three years,” Elliott said. “I hope that my expertise in physical education pedagogy and physical activity promotion will positively contribute to the important work of the Council.”
The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition educates, engages and empowers Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. The Council is composed of up to 25 volunteer citizens that includes athletes, chefs, physicians, fitness and nutrition professionals and physical educators who are appointed by the President and serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Council also develops strategic partnerships to promote programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to lead healthy, active lifestyles.
As the Ware Distinguished Professor, Elliott is directly involved in childhood obesity prevention and service to West Virginia. Her research and service focus is on the development, implementation and evaluation of interventional strategies to change children’s behaviors related to physical activity.
Elliott led the development of one of the first statewide strategic plans modeled after the National Physical Activity Plan, ActiveWV: The West Virginia Physical Activity Plan. She also serves as co-director of the WV Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Appalachian Communities Project (CARDIAC). She is the creator of Active Academics, a nationally-recognized web-based resource for classroom teachers to integrate physical activity throughout the school day. Elliott is a native West Virginian from Greenbrier County.
The Council’s Science Board is comprised of researchers in fields that include exercise science, kinesiology, physical activity, fitness assessment and measurement, sport psychology and sociology, physical activity promotion, nutrition, energy balance and weight control, public health and medicine.
CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
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